Removing sticky and scratchy labels

annoyinglabelsIn this day and age, one would assume we have the technology to produce a sticky substance that doesn’t make the customer want to tear their hair out, but way too often the price sticker just won’t come off. That’s only the beginning of the label nightmare though.

Tips for removing price stickers:

  • nail polish remover – it may be aggressive on some surfaces, but is safe for glass.
  • soapy water works for jars mostly, not all of them – soaking is the way to go
  • vegetable oil
  • vinegar
  • hairdryer – heat is used by advertising agencies to remove labels and ads

Scratchy labels inside clothing

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like it when labels stick out of your clothes or scratch your skin. Seeing a person with their underwear coming out of their pants with the label hanging out is not that beautiful a sight.

Judging by the google results I am not the only one who hates the style some manufacturers attach the labels inside their clothing. Synthetic piles of labels are the worst, especially if they cannot be removed easily. Then you have a bulk of information in many different languages, even though understanding the pictures is quite sufficient.

Some can at least be easily cut off or taken out with a seam ripper because they are sewn on with a different seam. Some manufacturers, on the other hand, put them into the main seam and even if you cut them, you might still be left with scratchy remnants inside your clothing.

It is possible to use ribbon-like labels that are quite soft. Some manufacturers actually print the label, but then you might not iron over it. Majority of clothes, however, have labels attached one way or the other.

You can also try cutting and then pulling a couple of threads from the tag to unweave it – it doesn’t work with the tough plastic tags though, only the ribbon-like tags and cotton.
Some people choose to rip the seam and resew the seam which is a lot of work to do when you just want to get rid of a tag. I’ve done it but it takes time.

Some basic things to remember when you remove those tags:
cotton clothes can normally be washed on 40°C
cotton with elastane can require 30°C
synthetic  materials can be more sensitive, so stick to 30°C
woolen clothes shrink if its pure wool, so use 30°C and less
silk is temperature-sensitive too

Unless you have many different and expensive materials, this will do. I do not tumble dry and iron rarely. Most clothes are fine when you spread them nicely for drying and fold them afterwards and when you put them on they get “ironed” more:-)

This label can be cut off easily and does not scratch.